Rachel Grenadier

Buzz Words

There is a kind of whistle that only dogs hear. Similarly, there are certain words that people hear and respond to that mark them as having a certain kind of nature. You may correctly identify these words as subliminal in content, suggestive of a certain philosophy and the hearer may be respond either in a negative or a positive manner. How someone processes those words tells you everything you need to know about that person.

The election campaign of 2016 will go down in American history as the one where mere buzz words made all the difference in the electing of the new President. What I am going to say is this: if you listen to the messages being given by Donald Trump and respond in a positive fashion, you are a racist. If you believe that demagogues should rule a democracy, you know nothing about the concept of a democracy. If you agree with those who write articles for “The Crusader,” the newsrag of the American White Peoples’ Party, you are a neo-Nazi. And it does not matter if you are a white person or not, and it does not matter if you are a Jew, or not. By agreeing with those who want to do away with our system of government, you do not belong in an election booth casting a vote for the highest office in the land.

How Donald Trump parasitizes American politics will be one for the historians to analyze. How someone agrees with him when he describes doing away with our treasured values including “trial by jury” by demanding that his opponent be jailed as “guilty” without benefit of a trial in a court of law means that Trump does not value the voice of a single citizen. By the way, this means your voice, whoever you are. When he likewise insists that he alone may decide upon the outcome of the election, this means he cannot be trusted to run the government as he believes he is the highest authority in the land. If a candidate for any office in America tells you that the U.S. government cannot be trusted to run it, then why is he offering to lead it? In general, if someone brags about not having paid his personal tax bills, then how will he treat the Department of the Treasury, except as his own personal casino. We have already seen what happens to a Trump-owned casino. They go broke.

I have a few friends and family members who are voting for Donald Trump. They ignore the big picture by latching onto specific themes spouting by Trump that they find appealing, whether it is a Supreme Court nominee or immigration. My question to them is twofold: Why do you take the word of a man who insults everyone and has no regard for the feelings of others? What makes you think his time in office would be any different? And if you truly believe that Donald Trump will change his tune and become a great champion of the people, you are as delusional as he is. And you can ask his two previous wives whether he changed his behavior or beliefs after their own divorces.

Frankly, I am mystified that anyone would even consider voting for this person. Only a profoundly selfish person who has no regard for the rule of law or the previous 240 years of American history thinks Donald Trump offers solutions to the complex reality of life here in the U.S. As for those Israelis who think Donald Trump will protect the State of Israel better than his opponent? Upon what facts do you base your opinion?

The plain fact is that Donald Trump has no regard for Jews and it does not matter that his own offspring has married into the faith. After all, he did not attend his own grandson’s brit milah. He insults some of America’s leading Jewish personages, including Jon Stewart. The only blacks Donald Trump has any dealings with are groundskeepers at his golf course. If a person can be judged by the company they keep, then Donald Trump’s affiliations with white people’s party types, even though he denies any connections with them, speaks volumes. He still maintains that he does not know David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, which is odd since he sounds exactly like him when he is with his “people.” He can single out a black person at one of his rallies by referring to him as “his Negro”. He uses his buzz words to scare citizens into thinking America will be soon be “overrun by 650 million immigrants”.

There is no way to sugar-coat what I am about to say: If a black or a Jew or Muslim or Hispanic or even a woman casts a vote for Donald Trump, they are a self-hating racist. This moniker is nothing to be proud of and should require that individual to search their own soul. Hopefully, they can purge their negative opinions of those from whom they differ by virtue of their color, religion or political leanings before November 8th. But if you want the U.S. to descend into the backwater of history? By all means, do feel free to cast your vote for Donald Trump. If you still believe that people from whom you differ are inherently good and deserve your respect, you would cut off your voting arm rather than cast a ballot for him.

About the Author
Rachel Grenadier was an olah from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2003 who returned to the United States in 2015. She really wanted to stay in Israel, but decided that having family members nearby was better for her health than a bunch of devoted, but crazed, Israeli friends who kept telling her hummous would cure her terminal heart condition. She has her B.A. and M.A. from George Mason University in Virginia and is the author of two books: the autobiographical "Israeli Men and Other Disasters" and "Kishon: The Story of Israel's Naval Commandoes and their Fight for Justice". She is now living in Virginia with her three Israeli psychologically-challenged cats and yet, denies being a "hoarder".
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